DDM, BVI, up-grades the territory’s National Disaster Management Plan

Tortola, British Virgin Islands, July 2, 2008, (DDM) – The Department of Disaster Management, in conjunction with Consultant Leonard R. Mobley, is in the process of revising the National Disaster Management Plan. This is a multi-hazard plan that outlines procedures that should be followed in the event of a hazard impact. The purpose of the Plan is to ensure that the Territory is equipped to effectively and efficiently manage hazard impacts through the coordination of an effective disaster response. The National Disaster Management Act of 2003 requires that the Disaster Management Plan be updated periodically. According to Deputy Director Mr. Zebalon McLean, “Each relevant agency was given an opportunity to give input into the plan because all their plans and procedures will make up what would be a coordinated response on the part of the Territory.”

To date, the plan is approximately 95% completed, pending submissions from key response agencies. The benefits of the revised plan, according to Mr. McLean, are that “it has a strong concentration on Incident Command Systems that allows agencies and their representatives to clearly understand their roles both in emergency and non-emergency situations and it also includes annexes that will direct persons to plans, agreements, regulations and other documents that may assist them during the response.”

The plan is scheduled to be completed by July 15th 2008. It will then be tested via a table-top exercise. The final version of the plan will be submitted to Cabinet in early August 2008 for approval. The National Disaster Management Plan was last updated in 1999.

Contact:

Natasha Lettsome
Information Training Manager
Department of Disaster Management
Telephone: 468-4200
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